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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet in Rome from October 5-19, 2014. The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution of the Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Paul VI in 1965, shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Council, to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion that was present at the Council. The Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church’s teaching and strengthens her internal discipline.

The theme for this Synod is “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The working document for the Synod is found on the Vatican website: synod_doc_20140626_instrumentum-laboris-amilia_en.html. This document provides a substantive reflection on the major challenges facing the family today, and outlines the topics that will be discussed at the Extraordinary General Assembly.

The Holy Father has designated this Sunday, September 28, 2014, as Synod Sunday; and has asked all the faithful to pray for this important gathering. Please clip and save the Synod Sunday prayer below; and pray it daily with your family from today until October 25, 2015, the conclusion of next year’s Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod on the Family.

Peace and Prayers, Father Michael













Saint Katharine Drexel